By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio -- A second half surge by the Hiram College men's basketball team cut the Kenyon lead to one in the final minutes of regulation, but the Terriers fell to the Lords by a 61-55 score on Saturday afternoon.
Five Terriers scored during the 10-1 run. Senior Jeremiah Thomas led the way with three, while senior Kyle Deckerd, junior Paul Ortiz, and sophomore Marcel Rice followed with two. Junior Kelvin Jones also added a free throw.
Kenyon maintained their lead throughout the game thanks to Matt Shifrin and Phillip Crampton. The two both finished with 14 points apiece, with each of them nailing two three pointers over the course of the game.
The first twenty minutes belonged to the Lords. Aside from Ortiz sinking the first shot of the game, Kenyon led the entire half and never looked back.
At the 5:48 mark, the Lords took their largest lead of the game (17). The Terriers then went on an 8-0 run to make the score 30-21 with 1:06 remaining. Freshmen Brevin Dye and Sherman Dean III combined for five of the eight points.
A last-minute shot on both sides made the score 32-23 going into halftime.
The 10-1 scoring run by the Terriers came between 8:41 and 3:41 after a layup by Crampton that increased the Kenyon lead to 10 (50-40). With the score then 51-50, Kenyon's Alexander Powell fired a three ball to take their lead back up to four. After a two free throws from Jones, Powell sunk another from beyond the arc to make the score 57-52. Jones then countered Powell's shots with a three-point shot of his own to take Hiram back to within two with 1:06 remaining (57-55).
Despite having attempts to take the lead in the final seconds, the Terriers were unsuccessful and the Lords eventually took the six-point win.
The deciding factor of the game for Hiram was free throws. In the final three minutes of the game, the Terriers tallied 10 free throw attempts. However, the Terriers only made three, with all of them coming from Jones.
Jones and senior Joe Caspio led the Hiram offense. The big men in the middle recorded 12 points each and shot a combined .615 from the field. Ortiz also tacked on seven points.
On defense, four Terriers registered one steal, including Jones, Caspio, Thomas and Dye.
The Terriers will next host conference rival Denison on Wednesday, January 18. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.